“(Afghani) Yale University student Saifullah Khan was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault. His attorneys used the alleged victim’s “scanty” Halloween costume, how much she drank, and texts she sent as evidence that their encounter was consensual.”
…The details of the trial, thoroughly documented by the New Haven Register, included days of intense, tearful testimony in which the woman, who graduated in 2016, and her suspended classmate were pressed to recount specific, often graphic details of a sexual encounter that happened three years earlier. The defense homed in on the woman’s black cat Halloween costume, asking why she didn’t choose something more modest, and questioned her, in detail, about the five drinks she consumed that night.
“You could have gone as Cinderella in a long, flowing gown?” Pattis asked the woman during the trial. He also questioned how she had manipulated the zipper and clasp of the black tube top.
…Davidson also noted that the alleged victim’s extreme state of drunkenness and the fact that she vomited multiple times suggest that any sexual encounter may have been a violation the university’s definition of sexual consent.
I’m cool with him being acquitted, by the way, and he should be reinstated. She let him walk her home and she didn’t even go to the campus police – as opposed to, say the actual police – until two days after it happened. I’d still like someone to have a word with whoever told her it was a good idea to trust a guy named Saifullah Khan from Afghanistan to behave like a gentleman.